Yesterday afternoon the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals — headed to London where we enjoyed crumpets at Fortnum and Mason and Welsh rarebit at The Wolseley. We then slipped into our sexiest flapper dresses and braces and headed to Café de Paris to review Electro Velvet‘s Eurovision 2015 song “Still in Love with You”. Was it love at first listen? Read on to find out…
The UK’s Eurovision 2015 song
Reviews: Electro Velvet with ‘Still in Love with You’
Padraig: Ì’ve seen “Still In Love With You” live twice. And it’s not as bad as I feared… but then my expectations were extremely low. The fault doesn’t really lie with Bianca or Alex. Their vocals are fine, and their lack of on-stage chemistry can surely be fixed with some acting lessons. The song is the problem. It’s awful. The production is cheap, the lyrics are borderline misogynistic, and the melody is like something created by Don Draper. The UK seem to be stuck in some awful cycle, where everytime they take a step forward they take a huge leap back – Jessica Garlick to Jemini, Jade Ewen to Josh Dubovie, Blue to Englebert. Something’s gotta give.
Robyn: After a few years of sending serious pop, the UK are going in the total other direction with something goofy and fun. And I think it works, bringing a joyful energy to the stage. The preview at Eurovision’s Greatest Hits shows there are some good ideas coming along with the staging. The only problem is that despite all the cray-cray, the song itself isn’t especially memorable. I’ve listened to it dozens of times and I still struggle to remember how it goes. But it has the potential to charm viewers. Not everyone will like “Still In Love With You”, but a lot of people will love it.
Angus: This was not love at first sight, but I have a growing affection for this song. Other than the distinctly 80s disco opening, the Charleston effects give the song lift and Electro Velvet’s energy is undeniable. “Still In Love With You” is unlikely to win, but it is far from the worst entry this year.
Kristin: I am in love with this song! The roaring 20s-electro-fusion is everything that is great about Eurovision. I know the song has caused some controversy…..Okay A LOT of controversy, but whatever….Electro Velvet are in my Top 5 regardless of what happens in Vienna. And Alex simply MUST do the Louis Armstrong impression on stage! All in all….much love and respect from me. Go UK!
Chris: So we all know that when this song first came out, I immediately slated it. At heart, I still do: the song is, simply put, not good enough for the United Kingdom. It’s a huge step down from last year and I still maintain that on the big stage in Vienna, with only six people allowed on stage, this will fall flat on its face. What I do have to pull back is that, so far, Alex and Bianca have been absolute class acts and really pour all of themselves into this effort. They’ve clearly grown in confidence with each live performance and for their sheer effort alone, I have to raise this one higher than where I thought I’d place it.
Bogdan: I find this entry very difficult to judge. Granted, it’s an interesting, postmodern approach to Charleston and the melody is fun and catchy, but the uneven delivery and the ridiculous lyrics are off-putting. Moreover, the chemistry between the two singers is wanting. Staging could save the UK from total embarrassment, but otherwise this is yet another opportunity that was completely missed by the BBC.
Deban: This year’s British entry is as disappointing as its performers. It’s cheap, dated, uninspired and forgettable. If the UK wants to do “goofy”, they should compensate listeners by driving it with star power. Alex and Bianca are probably wonderful people, but that’s not the point! Other participants have scored victories in national selections, and/or have earned their stripes through regional chart success. These two are sailing through to the final with zero earnings or any kudos. How? They just happen to know someone who knows someone at The BBC. Totally unacceptable!
Liam: I don’t understand this song at all. It jumps from Great Gatsby to electronic and back and forth. It’s like two people fighting over which station to play on the radio. I assure everyone that this will fall on the night. A new low for the United Kingdom at Eurovision. They could have chosen something amazing, they are a musical powerhouse, but alas, the UK got on the wrong train. Apparently they didn’t heed Alex’s own warning…
Marek: This song is hard to score. There’s no special message — or any message, really. There are only rhymes. Everything is so weird, especially the “skiddy-beep-bop-doo…”. But their voices are flawless and the song is really catchy, so it doesn’t deserve a 1, 2 or 3.
Mike: Thank you so, so much United Kingdom. When I saw everyone complaining about the worst song ever taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest I was scared to check this out. But the moment I started listening I couldn’t stop. It is one of the catchiest songs in the contest and I love this retro disco. In this ”year of the ballad” this song can do so well if the running order is to their advantage. It can finish way higher than Eurovision fan fave Molly.
William: Bianca & Alex seem like genuinely lovely people. She plays the part of saucepot well and her phone-sex-operator vocals fit nicely with her character. His voice has a unique timbre and few people on this island could rival him in the skee-bop-doo-dap stakes. Sadly not even their charm and talent can elevate this hot mess of a song. After one minute I feel like I’ve been listening to it for three, and there’s little drive or dynamism. They’re called Electro Velvet, but this lacks any discernable spark.
Twenty-nine jurors review each song, but we only have room for 10 written reviews. Here are the remaining 19 scores:
William C: 3.5/10
To reduce potential bias, we drop the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. We removed a low of 0 and a high of 10.